Ongoing efforts are ensuring many materials that previously ended up in landfills are now repurposed into construction materials. Numerous companies tackle the world’s plastic waste problem that way. However, people are also concerned about reducing the trash construction projects can generate. Here are some fascinating ways digital technologies can accomplish that.
Choosing AI to streamline waste reduction
Artificial intelligence (AI) makes major impacts in industries ranging from health care to agriculture. It can also make a significant difference in construction waste levels.
One project associated with recovering usable materials from demolished buildings utilized machine learning — a subset of AI — to get results. Researchers used records from 2,280 building demolition projects to train an algorithm that could predict the total value of materials recovered from a destroyed building with a 97% average accuracy. The researchers’ results could improve waste reduction efforts, particularly as construction professionals perform pre-demolition audits.
However, some applications of AI in construction waste reduction happen off the construction site. A recently developed sorting robot uses AI to differentiate among various kinds of construction and demolition waste.
The standalone system can detect materials like wood, plus items such as lightbulbs. This use of AI assists companies specializing in construction recycling, allowing representatives to find and…